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Cryogenic Detectors for Neutrinos and Dark Matter

Module PH6178

This module handbook serves to describe contents, learning outcome, methods and examination type as well as linking to current dates for courses and module examination in the respective sections.

Basic Information

PH6178 is a semester module in English language at graduate-studies level which is offered in summer semester.

This Module is included in the following catalogues within the study programs in physics.

  • Subject-Related Qualification Modules for Doctoral Candidates in Physics (Seminars)

If not stated otherwise for export to a non-physics program the student workload is given in the following table.

Total workloadContact hoursCredits (ECTS)
90 h 30 h 3 CP

Responsible coordinator of the module PH6178 is Raimund Strauß.

Content, Learning Outcome and Preconditions


This proseminar will give an introduction to the principles of cryogenic detectors operated at mK temperatures and their application in modern astroparticle physics. Seminar talks on the topic will be prepared by Master and PhD students. The presentations will cover the following topics: - Fundamental aspects of cryogenic detectors - Cryogenic experiments for the direct search for Dark Matter - Cryogenic experiments for neutrino-less double beta decay - Cryogenic experiments for coherent neutrino nucleus scattering - Cryogenic neutrino-mass experiments - Cryostats: New generation dilution refrigerators - Application of cryogenic detectors

Learning Outcome

After successful participation in the proseminar the student will have learned:

  1. basic methods of literature retrieval
  2. the ability to condense their knowledge from scientific papers into a presentation
  3. presentation skills for science and industry
  4. about principles of cryogenic detections and their application in modern astroparticle physics experiments


No preconditions beyond the basic knowledge of nuclear-, particle-, and astro-physics (KTA). Engagement.

Courses, Learning and Teaching Methods and Literature

Courses and Schedule

HS 2 Cryogenic Detectors for Neutrinos and Dark Matter Strauß, R. Tue, 11:15–12:45, virtuell
and singular or moved dates

Learning and Teaching Methods

Note: Kick-off seminar will be on TUESDAY May 11th at 11:15 The following seminars will be held TUESDAYS at 11:15 Preparation and presentation of a scientific talk, beamer presentation, presentation at blackboard, discussions with advisors, literature studies.


Presentation materials, complementary literature.


Specialized literature to the individual topics of the seminar talks will be provided, additional independent literature search recommended.

Module Exam

Description of exams and course work

Active participation in the module courses and discussions on the scientific topic.

Exam Repetition

The exam may be repeated at the end of the semester.

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